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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, August 27, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Often we ask, What does God expect of me? Here Moses gives a summary that is simple in form and easy to remember. Here are the essentials: (1) Fear God (have reverence of him). (2) Live according to his will. (3) Love him. (4) Worship him with all your heart and soul. (5) Obey his commands. How often we complicate faith with man-made rules, regulations, and requirements. Are you frustrated and burned out from trying hard to please God? Concentrate on his real requirements and find peace. Respect, follow, love, worship, and obey. (NLT)
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 – “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires you to fear him, to live according to his will, to love and worship him with all your heart and soul, and to obey the Lord’s commands and laws that I am giving you today for your own good. . .”
The psalmist wrote, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” — Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
David B. Smith (Oregon) titled his story “PUZZLED BY LIFE?” Here is a portion of David’s story:
“I enjoy working jigsaw puzzles, but I rely on the puzzle maker to guide me. . .
“In a similar way, we need our Maker to provide guidance for our lives. God’s guidance is found throughout the Bible . . .
“Failing to follow God’s guidance leads to poor decisions and destructive behavior. . . We can make better sense of the puzzle of our lives when we study the Bible and obey God’s commands.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – The Bible is our guidebook for living.
Prayer: Dear God, when we are puzzled about how to live, lead us to the guidance you have provided in your word. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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COMMANDMENTS, LIFE’S GUIDANCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/commandments-lifes-guidance/
SPIRITUAL GROWTH: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/spiritual-growth/
EXPECTATIONS, EXPECTED, EXPECTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/expectations-expected-expects/
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